The first quantitative assessment of how high-growth companies achieve success This book answers the question, 'What is the success pattern of America’s highest growth companies; those select companies that have IPO’d since 1984 and grew to $1B in revenue?' Based on three years of detailed research, Thomson’s Blueprint to a Billion provides the first quantitative identification of the success pattern common across this distinctive group of 'blueprint' companies. Blueprint companies are the heart of America’s growth and innovation engine. Out of the 8,000 companies Thomson surveyed, the 387 Blueprint Companies, including Starbucks, eBay, Cisco, Home Depot, Charles Schwab, Microsoft, and Nike, achieved the most valuable and unique kind of growth exponential growth. 'Blueprint to a Billion' illustrates how following the time-tested 7 essentials can create exponential growth with above-average returns for any company and examines how failing to execute these essentials can cause businesses to fail. Each chapter details an essential followed by in-depth interviews from Blueprint Company CEOs who discuss their real-world lessons and approaches. Comprehensive in scope, 'Blueprint to a Billion' also includes an interactive Web site that contains case studies, interviews, and financial data, as well as a current list of Blueprint Companies for readers to track.